|Review: Kimaera - Ebony Veiled|
Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2006
Review online: January 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Kimaera is a band from Lebanon, managed by Pedro Santos (Portugal) and signed to Russian label Stygian Crypt. Founded by JP in 2000, Kimaera went through several lineup changes, leading to the departure of female vocalist Sabine, drummer Simon Saade and keyboard player Said El Hayek. Too bad for the keyboard player and hopefully he will be replaced by an equally talented musician since this instrument is very present, creating quite a bit of an atmosphere. As for Sabine, well I think she was a bit off in her vocal duties, but a good female vocalist could only benefit this band.
Kimaera plays a mixture of Doom and Death intertwined with lots of dark and melancholic sad musical interludes. During those parts, keys, piano, clean guitar works and violin interact extremely well while creating great atmospheric and intense moments. Those are found in numerous spots but concentrated in a couple of longer lasting pleasures: "The Day Innocence Died", "In a Dying Embrace" and "God's Wrath." I should mention that a touch of progressive is also felt, and good crushing riffs, as doom music should be, are beefing up the intensity quite nicely. Talent abounds here for these young musicians.
Kimaera are working on a second album, which I'm definitely looking forward to.
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